Essays and Book Reviews

Howell, W., E. Porter, and T. Wood. “The Rituals of the Presidency Make Trump Seem More Presidential.”, March 20, 2017.

Book review of J. Farrell’s, Richard Nixon:The Life. San Francisco Chronicle. March 17, 2017.

Trump’s ‘Presidential Tone’ Is Meaningless: Judge Him by how He Governs.” Prospect Magazine. March 2, 2017. (With T. Moe).

A Word of Thanks to George Edwards.” PS: Political Science & Politics, 2017, 50(1): 68-70.

Unilateral Politics Revisited (and Revised) under Trump.” Princeton University Press blog. February 6, 2017.

America’s Antiquated Constitution.” Prospect Magazine. February 2, 2017. (with T. Moe).

Donald Trump’s President Will Be a Stress-Test for American Politics.” LSE USAPP. Dec. 29, 2016.

After Trump.” Boston Review. December 6, 2016.

Riggin’ Ironic: Most Americans Voted for Clinton.” November 11, 2016.

On the Presidency.” On the Ideal State. August 1, 2016.

Conservatives and Constitutional Change.” Defining Ideas, June 23, 2016. (with T. Moe).

Our Outdated Constitution.Defining Ideas, June 2, 2016. (with T. Moe).

Fix the Broken U.S. Government with ‘Fast Track.’” May 24, 2016. (with T. Moe)

It’s so much worse than just Paul Ryan vs Nancy Pelosi: This is why Congress is a disaster.” April 23, 2016.

Results of President Obama’s Race to the Top.” Education Next. July 14, 2015.

Executive Secrecy.” Boston Review. July 1, 2015. (Book Review with M. Zeisberg)

Rahm Emanuel’s Victory Reflects Chicago Politics, Not a Blueprint for Democratic Party.” The Conversation. April 8, 2015.

“Presidential Power.” Emerging Trends in the Social and Behavioral Sciences.

N. Young. Why We Fight: Congress and the Politics of World War II. Journal of Interdisciplinary History. Winter 2014. (Book Review)

A Question of Power.The American Legion Magazine. June, 2014.

The House’s Assault on the Presidency Has no Teeth.U.S. News and World Report. March 21, 2014.

“Information Fuels Support for School Reform.” Education Next. 14(2): 26-35. (with M. Henderson and P. Peterson)

“Enhanced Presidential Proposal Power: Con.” In R. Ellis and M. Nelson (eds.), Debating Reform: Conflicting Perspectives on How to Fix the American Political System, 3rd Edition. Congressional Quarterly Press. (with T. Moe)

The Syria Effect.” September 8, 2013. (with S. Jackman, and J. Rogowski)

A. Polsky. Elusive Victories: The American Presidency at War. Political Science Quarterly. September 3, 2013. (Book Review)

Count on Congress: The Logic of Handing Syria Over to the Lawmakers.” Foreign Affairs. September 3, 2013.

All Syria Policy is Local.” Foreign Policy. September 3, 2013.

The Not-So-Imperial Presidency of Barak Obama.” August 7, 2013.

Amid Reform Fatigue, a Crying Need for Leadership on Education.” Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. May 4, 2013. (with G. Lightbourn)

Just as the Framers Intended.” New York Times, “Room for Debate.” September 21, 2012.

What Romney Needs to Say to Win.” August 29, 2012.

Teachers Unions have a Popularity Problem.” Wall Street Journal. June 4, 2012. (with P. Peterson and M. West)

R. Caro. The Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson. San Francisco Chronicle, May 11, 2012. (Book Review)

All Eyes on Social Security.” September 12, 2011.

“The president is the best bet to find way out of deadlock.” July 9, 2011.

G. Krutz and J. Peake. Treaty Politics and the Rise of Executive Agreements: International Commitments in a System of Shared Powers. Perspectives on Politics. 2011. 9(2): 489-90. (Book Review)

G. Dunn. The Lies of Sarah Palin. San Francisco Chronicle. May 15, 2011. (Book Review)

“How did we get to the brink of shutdown?” April 8, 2011.

“For Obama and Libya, Now the Tricky Part.” March 28, 2011.

D. Rumsfeld. Known and Unknown: A Memoir. San Francisco Chronicle. February 20, 2011 (Book Review)

Meeting of the Minds, Results from the Fourth Annual Education Next-PEPG Survey.” Education Next. 11(1): 20-31. (with M. West and P. Peterson)

“War Powers Consultation Act: Con.” In R. Ellis and M. Nelson (eds.), Debating the Presidency. Congressional Quarterly Press. Also appeared in 2nd Edition, published in 2012.

“The Persuadable Public, Results from the Third Annual Education Next-PEPG Survey.” Education Next. 9(4). (with M. West and P. Peterson)

J. Yoo. Crisis and Command: A History of Executive Power from George Washington to George W. Bush. San Francisco Chronicle. January 31, 2010, p. FE-4. (Book Review)

D. Lewis, The Politics of Presidential Appointments: Political Control and Bureaucratic Performance. Political Science Quarterly, 2010. 125(1): 183-85. (Book Review)

Educating the Public.” Education Next. 9(3): 40-47. 2009. (with M. West)

“In War, Politics Is a Lethal Weapon.” Chicago Tribune. September 7, 2008. (with J. Pevehouse)

What Americans Think about their Schools, Results from the Second Annual Education Next-PEPG Survey.” Education Next. 8(4): 12-27. 2008. (with M. West and P. Peterson)

Is the Price Right? Probing Americans’ Understanding of Education Spending.” Education Next. 8(3): 36-41. (with M. West)

Accountability Lost: Student Learning only Sometimes a Factor in School Board Elections.” Education Next. 8(1): 66-72. (with C. Berry)

“When Congress Stops Wars.” Foreign Affairs. 86(5): 95-108. (with J. Pevehouse)

What Americans Think about their Schools.” Education Next. 7(4): 12-26. (with M. West and P. Peterson)

Will Bush’s War Policy Be Tamed by New Congress?Chicago Tribune. January 8, 2007, p. 15.

“School Vouchers.” International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences. Ed. W. Darity. Vol. 7. 2nd ed. Detroit: Macmillan Reference USA. 2007. (with E. Llaudet)

M. Berkman and E. Plutzer, Ten thousand Democracies: Politics and Public Opinion in America’s School Districts. Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory. 2006. (Book Review)

“Political Checks on a Politicized Presidency: A Response to Neal Katyal’s ‘Internal Separation of Powers.’” Yale Law Journal Pocket Part. 2006.

“School Boards Surrounded.” American School Board Journal. 192(5): 24-37. 2005.

“School Boards Besieged.” Education Week, March 9, 2005.

Grey Lady Wheezing: The AFT Hoodwinks the Times.” Education Next. Winter. 5(1): 74-77. 2005 (with M. West)

Dog Eats AFT Homework.” Wall Street Journal. August 18, 2004. P. A10. (with M. West and P. Peterson)

One Child at a Time.” Education Next. 4(3): 26-31. Also published in P. Peterson (ed.), Using Competition to Improve America’s Schools: Promises and Pitfalls. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc. 2004.

J. Huber and C. Shipan (2003), Deliberate Discretion? Congress and the Presidency. Congress and the Presidency. 30(1): 103-105. (Book Review)

P. Cooper (2002), By Order of the President: the Use and Abuse of Executive Direct Action. Political Science Quarterly. 118(1): 133-34. (Book Review)

Voucher Research Controversy: New Looks at the New York City Evaluation.” Education Next. 4(2): 73-78. (with P. Peterson)

“Executive Power of Removal.” Dictionary of American History. 2002. Charles Scribner’s Sons.

H. Brighouse (2000), School Choice and Social Justice. Constitutional Political Economy. December, 2001. 12(4): 375-378. (Book Review)

The Data Vacuum.” Education Next. 2(2): 79-83. 2002.

“School Choice in Three Cities.” Education Matters. 1(2): 48-54. Also published in P. Peterson (ed.), Using Competition to Improve America’s Schools: Promises and Pitfalls. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc. 2001. (with P. Wolf, P. Peterson, and D. Campbell)

J. Aberbach and B. Rockman (2000), In the Web of Politics: Three Decades of the U.S. Federal Executive. Congress and the Presidency. Autumn, 2001. 28(2): 221-223. (Book Review)

“In Defense of Our Voucher Research.” Education Week. February 7, 2001. (with P. Wolf, P. Peterson, and D. Campbell)

“Good Motives Are Not Enough.” Education Week. October 20, 1998. (with P. Peterson and J. Greene)